Gallops Saddlery opened in 1992 in Tualatin, Ore. Five years later, we expanded and moved down the road to our current location in Tigard. Patty Cameron joined founding partner Diane Snow in 2001, and the pair have assembled a team of horse-loving employees focused on making customers and horses happy.
We carry tack, clothing, veterinary, barn and gift items for equestrians, with a focus on eventing, hunter/jumper and dressage. Our mobile unit visits horse shows and events throughout the Northwest. Whether you're looking for fun or functional, basic or blingy, Gallops has what you and your horse need.
Diane, who co-founded Gallops in 1992, came by the horsey habit naturally. Her grandmother rode, her father played polo, and Diane started riding as a child. She came up through the Pony Club ranks at Lake Oswego Hunt Club, winning the junior hunter championship at Pebble Beach one year. She competed in eventing through the preliminary level and jumpers at what would now be 1.15 meters. Diane is active in U.S. Eventing Association governance, serving as co-chairperson of the National Young Rider Program and as a member of Area VII's Board of Directors.
Diane and her husband, Dan, have two adult daughters, Lizzie and Hannah. The couple attend eventing competitions around the country supporting Lizzie, a successful rider based in Southern Pines, N.C. In her Rolex debut, Lizzie completed the 2015 Rolex Kentucky 3-Day Event, with no cross-country jumping faults, on Coal Creek, a Thoroughbred co-owned by Diane and Kathryn Ross. Hannah grooms for her sister at all major competitions while pursuing a career in film and video editing.
In the barn, Diane is busy training Patrick, a 2010 off-track Thoroughbred gelding. Her menagerie also includes Roo, an Irish/Thoroughbred mare whom she bred and competed successfully through training level, and Scraps, a small spotted dog she adopted a few years ago from the Lexington Humane Society during Rolex. Scraps, who is said to be Chihuahua, Jack Russell and Irish Wolfhound (really!) works at the store most days.
Patty joined Gallops as a partner in 2001, after more than 30 years in the tack business. She worked at Mary's Tack and Feed in Del Mar, Calif., co-organized the Showpark Horse Trials, and later became a sales representative for Miller Harness Company, Stubben, Professional's Choice and Kensington. She also ran a bar in Ireland, but that's another story.
Patty was introduced to horses by her grandfather, a dairyman. She grew up in San Diego, riding bareback on her POA, and later rode western and galloped race horses at tracks including Del Mar, Santa Anita and Hollywood Park. She discovered eventing and competed to intermediate level on a former racehorse named Justin.
Patty lives with Vivian, a doleful-eyed black lab who delights in wallowing in mud puddles, and Lloyd, a naughty red cat. Patty recently became the proud owner of a 1977 Silver Streak Supreme Rocket travel trailer, her home away from home.
Sam is a Gallops veteran. She started with us as a teenager in 2002 and handles buying, marketing, advertising and the website. She's been riding since she was 5, competing in eventing and hunter/jumper. Now she and her paint gelding, Tivo, focus on trail riding. "We like walking through orchards and smelling the flowers," Sam says. Sam also enjoys outdoorsy pursuits with her boyfriend, including hiking, camping and kayaking.
Sheryl rode hunters/jumpers as a junior on the A circuit in Southern California, gave it up to attend college and raise a family, then became a horse-show mom when her two daughters began riding. Those daughters, Kendall and Nicole, now are professional trainers and partners, and Sheryl is back in the saddle on one of their horses, Ernie.com. Sheryl entertains a coop full of chickens and raises Guide Dog puppies.
Amanda rode as a child in New York, took a 30-year break, then started riding again with her two daughters. "We do it as a family sport, and they love it," she says. She pleasure rides on her Thoroughbred gelding, True Music, whom she shares with her youngest daughter; her older girl has a buckskin Quarter Horse. Amanda skis, bikes and, with her pair of Corgis, is a regular participant in Portland's annual Corgi Walk.
Anna, a Gallops girl for more than a decade, has a savvy fashion eye and designs most of the store's clothing displays. She grew up riding bareback on backyard horses and didn't take her first lesson until she was 25 years old. "I had no training and lots of bad habits, but I could stay on." She's competed in dressage through 4thlevel with her Hannoverian, Dralyon ("Dell"). Her family includes her husband, two grown sons and a cat, and they enjoy entertaining and boating (well, except the cat).
Karen, who does pricing and writing for Gallops, evented for 30 years before shifting to endurance riding, which gives her lots of time in the saddle on her palomino Morgan, Augie. She still has her old event horse, as well as seven cats, and see the Northwest from the back of a motorcycle.
Liz grew up showing horses and has been involved with hunters for 40 years. Her family consists of a husband, three kids, two dogs and a cat. Liz doesn't own a horse right now but says "all I do is horsey stuff," and she spends time hanging with her friends – most of them horsey folk.
Kaylyn started riding when she was 9 years old and quickly found her way to eventing. With Parkiki Star, she was the 2009 Junior Training Champion in USEA's Area VII. She currently rides Devious Dal ("Bennett"), a gray Thoroughbred, at Training level. Kaylyn also has two hamsters and three cats, who have not eaten the hamsters yet.
Kelcie was bitten by the horse bug when she was 7 and started badgering her mom, Heidi, for riding lessons. She soon gravitated to eventing, and her first horse was Captain Andy, a black Kiger mustang. Along the way, Heidi also caught the bug, and Andy, 20-plus years old, is now her ride. Most recently, Kelcie competed successfully through intermediate level on Merry, a floppy-eared Thoroughbred mare. She catch rides while studying to become a naturopath and lives with a black Lab named Lakota.
Claire started riding when she was 8 years old and came up through the Pony Club ranks (where she rode with Diane). She began focusing on dressage when she moved to Washington, D.C., taking monthly clinics with Walter Zettl, before returning to Oregon in 2004. She and her Swedish Warmblood/Thoroughbred gelding, Caspian, are training in dressage. Claire lives with her husband, two collies and a cat, and when she's not in the saddle, she's an avid swimmer, having twice completed the Columbia River cross-channel swim.
Heidi Rosendahl started riding about 16 years ago, under the influence of her daughter, Kelcie, and has been eventing ever since on Captain Andy, a Kiger mustang. He lives on Heidi's Central Oregon farm with a rescued 2-year-old wild mustang filly whom Heidi plans to event in the future. When she's not working, Heidi says she enjoys hiking with her dogs and spending time with her friends from Gallops.
Jenn grew up riding bareback on BLM land in Central Oregon. After college and starting a family, she came back to riding in 1997. She schools dressage on Dexter, a Hanoverian/Quarter Horse cross, and attends an occasional show, but is more interested in having fun than competing. She and her German short-haired pointer, Flynn, hit the trails for hikes whenever they can.
Lauren started riding in middle school and knew right away that her horsey path was going to involve jumping. She worked in Florida for international eventer Jonathan Holling, including grooming at the Rolex Kentucky 3-Day Event in 2014, before returning home to Portland and coming to work for Gallops. When she's not riding, she downhill skis, scuba dives and golfs.
Lisa Burton has been with Gallops for two decades. A rider since childhood, she rode hunters/jumpers and evented before settling into the dressage world, where she has competed to second level. Her family includes Faelin, a blue-eyed piebald Gypsy cob mare, and Bailey, her daughter's childhood pony; an Australian shepherd and a Pomeranian; and her husband and grown daughter, who is also a rider.
Sue Ann Young has worked for Gallops sporadically since 2007. She rode as a child, "like everyone else, bareback, no helmet," took 20 years off and eventually bought her first horse at age 40 while in England, where she studied and tested through stage 2 of the British Horse Society exams. She now focuses on dressage with Waylon, a Friesian/Morgan gelding, whom she's looking forward to starting in musical freestyles. Sue Ann says he loves music.
Jessica Petro interned at Gallops for a high school project, moved to Bend to ride, and recently rejoined the store. "Show jumping is in my blood," she says. Her family has been active in the sport for years, and she got her first show pony when she was 5. Jess owns two geldings, Blue and Luchi, who show in the 1.30 jumpers. Jess adds, "I'm currently going to college while working at Gallops and showing my wonderful horses. Life could not be better!"